BBB warns of scams that target senior citizens

We all love Grandma, don’t we? She’s always been there for us. Unfortunately, scammers love Grandma too, but for the wrong reasons. Scam artists often target seniors because they’re more likely to be home – possibly even alone – and may have some money saved up. Last year, there were nearly 215,000 complaints of fraud and identity theft from…

Don’t get scammed by an IRS impostor!

As the tax deadline approaches, scammers are working hard to steal money from unsuspecting victims Most of us know it’s not a good idea to get on the Internal Revenue Service’s bad side, so a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent would have to be rather scary. Unfortunately, scammers will take advantage…

FTC shuts down telemarketers who falsely claimed to be Medicare representatives

Of all the scams out there, the ones that probably make my blood boil the most are those that target seniors. At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court recently shut down an operation by telemarketers that falsely claimed to be part of Medicare. The defendants allegedly tricked seniors into giving up banking and other information…

Don’t become a victim of the ‘grandparent scam’

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports receiving a continued stream of complaints about alarming phone calls from scammers who claim a relative is in an emergency and needs money fast. Sometimes the scammer pretends to be the relative in danger. It’s a scam that often preys on seniors and it’s sometimes referred to as the “grandparent…

Don’t let Grandma get burned by the ‘grandparent scam’

When I was a kid I could always count on my grandparents when I needed help. If it weren’t for them, I never would have made it through college and I’d probably still be stuck on the side of the road somewhere. The thought of other sweet grannies and grandpas like mine being ripped off…